anapaest


anapaest
['anəpi:st, -pɛst]
(US anapest)
noun Prosody a metrical foot consisting of two short or unstressed syllables followed by one long or stressed syllable.
Derivatives
anapaestic -'pi:stɪk, -'pɛstɪk adjective
Origin
C16: via L. from Gk anapaistos 'reversed', from ana- 'back' + paiein 'strike' (because it is the reverse of a dactyl).

English new terms dictionary. 2014.